Is the setback the same as an easement?

No. Setbacks and easements overlap, although both require structures to be located outside of certain areas on private property. The Zoning Ordinance requires all structures or uses to be “set back” a minimum distance from property lines. An easement, which typically runs along a property line, designates an area where a utility or service provider has the right to access and use private property to locate and maintain a utility service line or installation. No structures can be placed in the easement without approval from all service providers with a right to the easement. For information on building in utility easements, see the Planning Department's handout Approval to Build Within Utility Easements.

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1. What are the setbacks for this single-family property?
2. My plat of survey shows a platted building line. Is this the required setback along the street?
3. How can the setbacks of neighboring properties be determined?
4. Where are "setbacks" measured from/to?
5. Is the setback the same as an easement?
6. How is FAR (floor area ratio) calculated?
7. Does Wheaton have an impervious surface regulation? What is included in the lot coverage calculation?